Valencia Car Hire
Renting a car in Valencia is not always necessary as Valencia has a great public transport system which features bus, metro and high-speed tram services. However, if you want ro explore destinations outside of the city, renting a car is a great way to get the most out of your holiday in Valencia.
Finding a car rental company in Valencia is easy and there are offices both at the airport and throughout the city. Hertz, Avis and Europcar are just some of the major international car rental companies which have offices in Valencia. However, you will often get a much better deal renting your car from a small local rental company. Some of the most reliable local car-hire companies operating from Valencia airport include:
- Victoria Cars
- Javea Cars
Whoever you rent from, it is important that you are clear on what the advertised price does and does not include. For example, does the price include tax? Is there a limit on how many kilometres you can drive the car? Do you need to pay extra for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)?
As is the case with the rest of Spain, 21 is the minimum age for renting a car. In order to rent a car in Valencia you will need to present your passport and driving license. In addition, many car rental companies will require you to pay on credit card for the transaction or leave a deposit.
What to Do in Valencia
Valencia City of Arts and Science
The Valencia City of Arts and Sciences entertainment complex is Valencia’s main tourist attraction. The large complex was built to celebrate the new millennium and features a number of mesmerizing contemporary buildings. The complex has four main attractions, each of which are certainly worth a visit.
- The Prince Felipe Science Museum is a large museum with a major emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning which celebrates scientific discoveries, past and present.
- The Palace of the Arts is a major cultural centre which promotes local arts by regularly hosting operas, concerts and other arts performances.
- L’Hemisfèric Planetarium is a world-class planetarium and cinema. In addition the planetarium has a number of fascinating space exhibits.
- The Oceanographic Park is a great destination for those on holiday with their family. The park plays a major role in marine conservation and is home to a number of interesting marine creatures. Highlights include dolphin shows, tropical fish, penguins and walruses.
Constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, Valencia’s cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture and said to be the home of the Holy Grail. The cathedral holds masses throughout the day and has a museum which showcases a number of interesting artefacts. You can also ascend the Torre del Miguelet for stunning views of the city.
Plaza de Toros
Whatever your views on bullfighting, this 19th century bullring is a stunning piece of architecture and certainly worth a visit. Although the Plaza de Toros still hosts bullfighting events, the bullring is also used for open air concerts and festivals.